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Cinderella

a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA CHILDREN MUSICAL
by Rodgers & Hammerstein

COMPANY : Backyard Kids Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Heritage Christian Church [WEBSITE]
ID# 3415

SHOWING : June 13, 2009 - June 14, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm, and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1956 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. This Enchanted Edition is based on the 1997 teleplay.


CAST & CREW LIST
Music Director Stephanie Earle
Director/ Choreographer Chase Thomaston
Make-up/ Hair Coordinator Kelsi Adams
Stage Manager Nathan Pearson
Costume Advisor Anna Kate Spears
Choreographer Nora Wilfong
Pianist Nathan Hung
Mouse/ Horse Rachel Brown
Queen Stephanie Earle
Cheese Merchant/ Guest Preston H. Earle
Fairy Godmother Camille Edwards
Mouse/ Horse Payton Edwards
Joy Hannah Feltner
Grace Abby Feltner
Young girl/ Maiden- solo Regan Grillo
Mouse/ Horse Avery Grillo
Older sister/ Maiden- solo Olivia Krug
Baker/ Charles the Cat/ Guest Grant Krug
Butcher/ Guest Evan Krug
Stepmother Micole Mayfield
Cinderella Paige McCauley
Lionel, Town Crier Austin Monk
Jayme, Royal Steward Janina Monk
Cloth Merchant/ Maiden- solo Abby Mortensen
Prince Christopher Ben Papac
King Michael Reep
Younger sister/ Maiden- solo Gillian Revoir
Mouse/ Horse Jordyn Richards
Fruit seller/ Young Cinderella Jamie Richards
Footman Zack Richards
Flower girl/ Maiden Anna Lee Robbins
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Impressive and Promising Performance!
by Durnesque
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
4.0
I saw this show Saturday night and would have reviewed it immediately had the company and production already been in the database. Alas, they were not. But now that I've done that leg work, here's what I thought:

Cast: overall- VERY good

Cinderella: I was shocked Miss McCauley is not even going into high school yet! Already a beautiful young lady, she's getting prettier and her voice stronger every year. She played the well known princess with grace and charm.

Prince Christopher: Speaking of good looking... Mr. Papac was the spitting image and act of a charming prince. And the boy can sing as well! I thoroughly enjoyed each scene he was in, especially the tender moments between he and his beloved- and the more comic ones with his parents or Lionel and Jayme.

Fairy Godmother: Played her part well. She has a VERY strong voice considering her age. I hope she'll treat and train it well because she could easily develop into a powerhouse singer. Hope to see more from her in the future!

Stepmother: I wish they had aged her with makeup more, and maybe directed her to lower the register of her speaking voice a bit. Just that added touch would have perfected her role. As it was, she did a job to be proud of. Demanding of Cindy and doting on her daughters- and Lionel. Miss Mayfield was nicely entertaining.

Stepsisters- Joy and Grace: Not that I want to play favorites too much, but I have to say Miss Hannah Feltner was the stepsister who caught my eye the most. She did not overplay her role, but was delightfully dullwitted. Miss Abby Feltner did very well too though. There may have been more she could have done with her part, but she was also very funny. And the fact that the two are sisters in real life enhanced their onstage squabbling I'm sure.

King: Somebody call Mel Brooks. He needs to see Mr. Reep in costume and cast him for a stage version or remake of Robin Hood Men in Tights. Looks aside, I loved the way Mr. Reep played the king, appropriately funny and regal all at once.

Queen: Miss Earle is fantastic no matter what role she plays. Like the stepmother, I wish a bit of aging had been done on both the royal parents, but Miss Earle played her part hilariously nevertheless.

Lionel: Mr. Monk was delightful. It's a shame he's so young, if only because he would have looked so much more the part with a couple of feet on him. But I loved the moustache and the way he managed to look down his nose at people towering over him.

Jayme: Miss Monk assured me after the show that she is indeed a professional actress. It shows. This girl was FANTASTIC! I drew a little star and exclamation points next to her name in my program. She was wonderfully funny- had a nice way of rolling her eyes and leaning back with her arms folded. She was simply a delight.

Ensemble: Could have used some more sound out of them during the group numbers, but all of the ensemble members were good in their own right, I'm just lacking the space to review them all!

Costumes: WONDERFUL. Loved every costume I saw. They were comical and beautiful.

Set: EXCELLENT. Who ever painted the backgrounds did a great job. Wish the tree in the garden had looked a little more realistic- a fake, office tree might have been better. But, not a big deal.

Effects: Good. The Cinderella double was a close enough match, and their switches were not too noticeable. The carriage was very well done! I could have done without the sound effects at all. They were sometimes late and didn't add much to the show. The picture slides before the show and during intermission were a nice touch though- good way to use the resources available.

Music: PERFECT. One, talented, young pianist. Mr. Hung did a wonderful job. Only one mistake during the overture was noticeable. He deserved the ovation given at the end of the show- glad he came onstage.

Mr. Thomaston has directed a show he should be very proud of. No, it was not perfect, but considering the age of those involved, it was very impressive. I expect to see only bigger and better things from Backyard Kids Theatre. Just wish I was young enough to take part!
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